Peyton Manning has surgery, probably out for season

You’ve heard the news by now.  That Peyton Manning had his 3rd neck surgery in 18 months and will be out 2-4 months minimun and that his career may be in doubt.  I don’t know what to say.  So I’ll let others say it for me.

The Colts’ official statement:

As previously stated on Monday, Sept. 5th, Peyton Manning has undergone further testing and consultation with several specialists regarding his rehabilitation.

As previously stated on Monday, Sept. 5th, Peyton Manning has undergone further testing and consultation with several specialists regarding his rehabilitation.  The results of these tests and the consensus of the consultations was that further surgery was warranted.  Peyton has undergone this surgery today by having a single level anterior fusion.  The surgery was un-eventful.

This procedure is performed regularly throughout the country on persons from all walks of life, including professional football players.  Two former Colts players had this same procedure last winter and have fully resumed their careers.  Rehabilitation from such surgery is typically an involved process.  Therefore, there will be no estimation of a return date at this time.  We will keep Peyton on the active roster until we have a clearer picture of his recovery process.

Peyton will immediately begin the rehabilitation regimen mapped out by the surgeon.  We anticipate no further updates or availabilities beyond those required by the NFL Media Policy for the immediate future.

Thank you for your consideration.

From Phil  Wilson of the Indy Star:

For what it’s worth, Colts fans, doc I spoke to does not think QB Peyton Manning will return this year. Cervical fusion takes “at least” 3-6 months, I’ve been told.

More on Colts’ Manning, my doc assured if everything goes well, QB should be able to return next season.

Check this out for what cervical spinal fusion is.

I’ll offer my thoughts at some point, probably.  I share them on twitter right away, at coltsfanwilson.  Before Sunday I’ll have my official season prediction.  I need to change it alot now. 

But hey, I’m a Cubs fan, so “wait till next year”.


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